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Develop the Mystery in Your Memoir | Free Roundtable Discussion


Mani Feniger September 11, 2014 4 PM PDT 5 PM MDT 6 PM CDT 7 PM EDT Mani Feniger thought her relationship with her mother was over when she buried her mother’s ashes. But two years later, the discovery of a startling photograph of her mother taken just months before rise of the Nazi regime in Germany, sent Mani on a twenty-year search across continents and lifetimes, uncovering clues about her family’s past that eventually revealed the life of a woman very different from the mother she … [Read more...]

Authenticity in Memoir Writing | Free Roundtable Discussion

Karen Levy

Karen Levy August 7, 2014 4 PM PDT 5 PM MDT 6 PM CDT 7 PM EDT   Karen Levy found that she had to push herself past the inner critic and other voices that stopped her from writing her memoir My Father's Gardens. She took emotional risks with the story she had to tell about her need to find a voice that would give her strength and a place in which she belongs after a lifetime of belonging everywhere and nowhere. Writing allowed her to give voice to thoughts and fears she had kept to … [Read more...]

Crowdfunding for Books | Amanda Barbara, Pubslush, Sonia Marsh, Kathy Pooler

Amanda Barbara

Roundtable Discussion--Free for all July 10, 2014 4 PM PDT/7 PM EDT With the new publishing models—digital platforms, self-publishing, and hybrid publishing, authors need to find the funds to support their book project. As you all know, writing is simply the first step in getting a book into readers’ hands. Good books require several rounds of editing, which costs money. Professionally designed covers and interior need to be funded, whether it’s a team you hire or a service provided … [Read more...]

Out On a Limb: When Your Message Defies Expectations


Roundtable Discussion--Free for All June 5, 2014 4 PM PDT   5 PM MDT   6 PM CDT   7 PM EDT   Jill Smolowe has written two memoirs that depart from common wisdom about her subject matter. The first, An Empty Lap, ignited discussion in the adoption world about the stresses marriages endure when couples, out of sync about whether to have kids, delay starting a family. Her new memoir, Four Funerals and a Wedding, steers clear of the usual how-my-life-came-apart grief script to … [Read more...]

Free Events at the National Association of Memoir Writers


By now, writers are aware that the publishing world is undergoing a volcanic eruption that has changed the landscape forever.  Ten years ago, when I published my first book Becoming Whole, it was "against the rules" to give anyone the hint that you were self-published. It was a dirty word then and generally understood that any self-published book was just not any good. Those of us writing and developing our books to the highest level of professionalism, which most writers did, were not in … [Read more...]

Self-Publish Your Book on a Shoestring |Free Roundtable Discussion

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April 3, 2014 Roundtable Sharon Lippincott and Boyd Lemon 4 PM PDT  5  PM MDT  6 PM CDT  7 PM EDT Some authors aim for wide-spread acclaim and million-copy sales, and they are willing and able to invest thousands of dollars to make that happen. Far more are primarily concerned with producing a high-quality product at an affordable price, primarily for friends and family. Services like CreateSpace, Kindle, Lulu and Smashwords allow you to upload files at no cost and order only as many … [Read more...]

5 Things You Need to know To Become an Award Winning Author

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March 6, 2014  Roundtable Discussion Linda Bello Ruiz, Gold Medal Prize Winner 4 PM PDT   5 PM MDT   6 PM CDT   7 PM EDT   Linda (Cassells) Bello-Ruiz has written an award-winning memoir From Tears to Triumph, My Journey to The House of Hope. Originally from Redwood Valley, CA. She co-founded and directed The House of Hope in San Jose, Costa Rica. Having never written a book, Linda did not she see herself as a "writer."  She had to navigate a steep learning curve to achieve her … [Read more...]

Who Am I Now? The Changing Self in Memoir | Roundtable Discussion, Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek

  February 6, 2014 4 PM PST  5 PM MST  6 PM CST  7 PM EST  Free Teleseminar--Sign up below to get the call-in number. One major challenge in memoir writing is the self changes over time.  Who you (or your narrator) were 30 years ago is not who you are today; not even your cells are the same (we get a whole new body of cells every seven years); so who is this "I" who's telling this story?  Linda Joy Myers and Mark Matousek will be talking about how to work with the shifting psyche in … [Read more...]

Storyboarding Your 2014 Vision | Free NAMW Roundtable Discussion

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   The dream changes at midnight.... from "New Year 2002" by Amy Christman  Roundtable Discussion January 9, 2014 4 PM PST  5 PM MST  6 PM CST  7 PM EST We begin each year filled with hope and possibilities for delicious outcomes, manifested visions, actualized goals. This will be the year our books will complete, we will build websites, we will master social media! Then, usually before the calendar page turns to February, "real life" descends and we've lost that oomph. I'm so … [Read more...]

Roundtable Discussion: Immersion Writing—A Field Guide and Discussion | Robin Hemley


  December 5, 2013 4 PM PST  5 PM MST  6 PM CST  7 PM EST I’m so pleased to have Robin Hemley back with us again for our Roundtable Discussion! I admire Robin’s work, and have read several of his books. In fact they are dog-eared and underlined, and I refer to them often. Turning Your Life Into Fiction is friendly readable compilation of stories, tips, and guidance for the memoir writer and for the writer who wants to adapt personal stories into fiction. His memoir Nola is poetic, … [Read more...]